Joost Siedhoff / Photo: Roman März


The Bauhaus school used the human urge to play as an engine to drive development and design. Bauhaus masters like Walter Gropius and Johannes Itten already recognized the farreaching social and artistic potential of play, as implemented for example, by the Bauhaus student Alma Siedhoff-Buscher
in her poly-functional playroom. The inclusion of concepts of play and playfulness in artistic development, a time-tested approach that was specifi c to the Bauhaus, is the focus of this major exhibition, which also looks at precursors and explores
the ways the Bauhaus legacy is being passed on via the present to the future. Progressive teaching theories from the nine teenth century are juxtaposed with modern-day equivalents; Friedrich Fröbel’s “Play Gifts” meet with LEGO®
Architecture and Silicon Valley creative laboratories. The exhibition features over one hundred works from over one hundred years, from historical to contemporary.

Foto: Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Nuremberg, Neues Museum, Exhibition BAU [SPIEL] HAUS, 22.–16.6.2019: Rudolf Lutz, our game, our feast, our work (Unser Spiel, unser Fest, unsere Arbeit), 1919


With works by artists including Friedrich Fröbel, Maria Montessori, Gustav und Otto Lilienthal, Lyonel Feininger, Hermann Finsterlin, Johannes Itten, Oskar Schlemmer, Anni Albers, Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, Alma Siedhoff-Buscher,
Georg Weidenbacher, Max Bill, Hans Gugelot, Hans Brockhage, Renate Müller, Laurie Simmons, Liam Gillick, Olaf Nicolai, Yto Barrada, Goshka Macuga, Eva Grubinger and Thomas Hawranke.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hensel, Hochschule Pforzheim
Dr. Robert Eikmeyer, Hochschule Pforzheim

Display by Liam Gillick

Photo: Roman März
Nuremberg, Neues Museum, Exhibition BAU [SPIEL] HAUS, 22.–16.6.2019: Laurie Simmons und Peter Wheelwright, Kaleidoscope House, 2001



Opening hours
Tue–Sun 10am – 6 pm | Thu 10 am – 8pm | Mon closed

Collection  5 Euro | concessions 4 Euro | Sundays 1 Euro
Exhibition (incl. collection) 7 Euro | concessions 6 Euro
Children and young people under 18 years: free.


This exhibition project is funded by Germany’s Federal Cultural Foundation.

Neues Museum
State Museum for Art and Design Nuremberg

Entrance: Klarissenplatz

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